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abs: The All Blacks
All Blacks: The New Zealand National Rugby Union team
aluminium: Link to story
ANZAC: Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (from WWI)
auks: The Auckland rugby team (The Blues)
bacon butty: A form of sandwich made from cooked bacon between two slices of bread.
bach: small holiday home, pronounced "batch"
beehive, The: New Zealand Government Cabinet Building in Wellington
black Caps: National Men's Cricket team
bloke: usually a man, and often used when referring to a stranger
bonnet: car hood
boot: car trunk
boxing day: the day after Christmas Day. This word comes from the custom which started in the Middle Ages around 800 years ago: churches would open their 'alms boxe' (boxes in which people had placed gifts of money) and distribute the contents to poor people in the neighbourhood on the day after Christmas. The tradition continues today.
butty: English slang for a sandwich - Seen in some NZ takeaways
capsicum: green pepper
car park: parking lot
caravan: travel trailer, mobile home
cardy: woollen button-up-the-front jersey (also cardie)
cark it: die, kick the bucket
chips: french fries
cheerio: good bye
cheerios: cocktail sausages
cheers: goodbye or thanks or good luck.
chilly bin: sealable, usually polystyrene insulated box, for keeping beer & food cold
chemist: pharmacy, drug store. Also a euphemism for druggist.
cheque: a check
chook: A chicken
city of sails: Auckland
crib: small holiday home
crisps: Potato chips
crook: sick, unwell
cuppa: cuppa tea, cuppa coffee, cuppa milo
dairy: "corner" store originally only selling milk, bread, papers, convenience foods and dairy produce, and until the past decade or so, the only shop allowed to open 7 days a week. Still is the only shop allowed to open on Christmas day and Good Friday, for a few hours, and without a special license.
ding: a small dent in a vehicle; as in "the prang caused a bit of a ding"
dole: unemployment benefit; income support for the unemployed
dunny: toilet, bathroom, lavatory
fanny: * Be careful here; take care how you use this phrase in New Zealand! A "fanny" refers to female genetalia; fanny is not the same as bottom!
flannel: wash cloth
flicks: movies, picture theatre
fortnight: two consecutive weeks, derived from 14 days (nights)
good on ya, mate!: congratulations, well done
gridiron: American football
haere mai: welcome
haere ra: good bye
hottie: hot water bottle
I reckon: I think, I think so (Thanks Kim)
ice block: popsicle
iwi: tribal group
jandal: thongs, flip-flops
judder bar: speed bump
jumper: woollen pullover sweater
Kiwi: A New Zealander
knackered: exhausted, tired
lemonade: 7Up or Sprite
loo: bathroom, toilet
loose metal: gravel road
marae: a gathering place
mate: buddie, pal (not as common as in Australia)
nana: female grandparent
netball: game somewhat similar to basketball
pakeha: non-Maori person
panel beater: auto body shop
pikelet: small pancake often served with jam and whipped cream
pram: baby carriage, stroller
prang: vehicle accident
pub: bar, hotel where liquor is served
push bike: bicycle
queue: get in line, line up
roundabout: traffic circle *See Below
rubbish: trash or garbage
scarfie: university student
sealed road: paved road
serviette: A napkin made of either fabric or absorbent paper, and used to wipe hands & mouth at tea.
shandy: drink made with lemonade and beer
sticking plaster: band-aid
TAB: Totalisator Agency Board - Betting shop
tata: goodbye, usually when speaking to a child
take-aways: New Zealand term for 'take-outs' or food 'to go'
tangata whenua: people of the land
tasty cheese: sharp cheddar cheese
tea: dinner - generic name for evening meal
tea towel: dish rag
tip: rubbish dump
todaloo: So long (Thanks Colleen)
tucker: food, also a verb form "tucking in" meaning eating a meal.
two of anything – finger gesture: Always palm out, never in. The same is true of one of anything.
verge: grassy area on the side of the road
vegemite: spread for toast or bread.
waka: traditional Maori canoe
wop-wops: out of the way location (boondocks)
zed: Z; zee; the last letter of the alphabet.
Some old Kiwi expressions you may be interested in, probably not for your list
"She'll be right" "She'll be jake" means It's OK
"beautie" means realy good
"Gross" means bad
"Grouse" means good, I remember it being used to describe a good looking member of the opposite sex
"Hooray" means goodbye
*Roundabout – A British term for traffic circles which an American had a hand in putting to use. It was a term invented by Logan Pearsall Smith, an American living in England, who was one of the members of the BBC Advisory Committee on Spoken English that operated in the 1920s.
This committee was tasked with the responsibility of deciding questions of pronunciation, usage, and even vocabulary for the BBC. Before Smith came along and recommended a change, traffic circles in Britain were called (believe it or not) gyratory circuses.
Smith also recommended 'traffic lights' be called 'stop and goes' and brainwave be replaced by mindfall. These suggested changes, obviously, didn't make the grade.
American visitors to New Zealand will notice a different pronunciation of words as well as spelling and meaning. If you wonder why the person behind the counter is a 'clark' and not a clerk, consider this:
At a time when America was beginning to be colonized the British who travelled to the new land brought with them a 'snapshot' of the English language. It was from these beginnings that American English began to be formed. It was also a time when the English language was going through a dramatic change in England itself, especially in the pronunciation of long vowels.
For instance, Chaucer's lyf, pronounced 'leef', became Shakespeare's life pronounced 'lafe' and that became life (as we know it.) Pun intended.
One of the changes was the pronunciation of many er words as ar. The Elizabethans were rhyming serve with carve and convert with depart. In England this practice survives in a few everyday words such as derby, clerk, and (with modified spelling) heart but in most other cases has changed to the er pronunciation. In America, derby and clerk changed with the others but the only common word lasting the test of time is heart.
So there was a time, and not that long ago, when Americans pronounced clerk as clark, derby as darby, marcy for mercy and marchant for merchant. As late as the 1740s Pope was rhyming obey with tea, ear with repair, give with believe and join with divine. In fact, sometimes it was easier to change the spelling than it was to change the pronunciation just as Hertford, Connecticut became Hartford.
NOTE: On this issue, please see the comment received below.
Not to put too fine a point on it;
The Online Etymology Dictionary suggests:
O.E. Heortfordscir, from Herutford (731), lit. "ford frequented by harts."
In 1637, the name "Hartford" was chosen to honor the English town of Hertford.
I would appreciate a cite of the name change to Hertford from Hartford.
It seems, even more so, that the name Hartford comes from the pronunciation of Hertford rather than its actual spelling.
So you see, while Americans are asking why the Kiwis say 'clark' the Kiwis could ask; "Why did you go and change it clerk?" Of course we could change the spelling to 'cleark' like we did heart and both would be the same.
The All Blacks (ABs)
The first thing one should know about New Zealand is the name of our national Rugby Team, The All Blacks. Rugby union is New Zealand's national sport and some believe, religion. There are a couple of versions of the story on how the All Blacks got their name but there is one that is generally regarded as the most probable:
New Zealand's national team was on a tour of Britain in 1905. In one particular match, they beat the opponents 60-0. A Daily Mail reporter in his dispatch said; "... the whole team played with precision and speed as if they were all backs." This was printed as 'All Blacks'. From 1901 the team's jersey and shorts were black, so the new name - even if accidental - was appropriate, and stuck.
When in New Zealand, if you hear the term ABs, it is the All Blacks that are being referenced. Nothing else, believe me. They have a winning record against any team they have ever played.
The visitor to New Zealand will hear the term kia ora quite often. Visitors are encouraged to use 'kia ora' as an everyday greeting. 'Kia ora' can be used any time you would say 'hi' or 'hello'; it's fine to use in person or on the phone, at work, in groups, teams or just one-on-one. Maori language and culture are an integral part of our national identity, our unique point of difference as a country.
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